Brides Need to Know!


A trio of classical musicians performing Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary
and Pachelbel’s Canon.  Both classical pieces of music are performed on the Cello, Flute and Harp. This slide show is an example of  music that would be appropriate for a wedding ceremony or the cocktail hour of a wedding reception.


The Order of the Music at a Wedding Ceremony:

Processional refers to the music that is being played as the bridal party enters the church, once all the guests are seated. One piece of music for the bridal party, then another for the bride.

The prelude refers to the music performed prior to the recessional, as the guests are being seated.

The recessional refers to the music at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom exit first, followed by the bridal party, the parents, and the congregation. Modern couples are changing the rules to suit their needs, the family dynamics and their religion.


About the Trumpet Voluntary:

“The Prince of Denmark’s March” is more commonly known as the Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.
It is customarily played as the bride enters the church with her father, the processional. “The Prince of Denmark’s March” was composed by Jeremiah Clarke. It is called The Prince of Denmark’s March; but better known as The Trumpet Voluntary. It was composed for the keyboard, probably,around 1700. This music can be heard at a number of royal weddings, most notably at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674 — 1 December 1707) was an English baroque composer and organist.

Thought to have been born in London around 1674, Clarke was a pupil of John Blow at St Paul’s Cathedral. He later became an organist at the Chapel Royal. After his death, he was succeeded in that post by William Croft.

Clarke is best remembered for a popular keyboard piece: the Prince of Denmark’s March, which is commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary, written about 1700. From c. 1878 until the 1940s the work was attributed to Henry Purcell, and was published as Trumpet Voluntary by Henry Purcell in William Sparkes’s Short Pieces for the Organ, Book VII, No. 1 (London, Ashdown and Parry). This version came to the attention of Sir Henry J. Wood, who made two orchestral transcriptions of it, both of which were recorded. The recordings further cemented the erroneous notion that the original piece was by Purcell. Clarke’s piece is a popular choice for wedding music, and has been used in royal weddings. Most notably the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

The famous Trumpet Tune in D (also incorrectly attributed to Purcell) was taken from the semi-opera The Island Princess, which was a joint musical production of Clarke and Daniel Purcell (Henry Purcell’s younger brother)—probably leading to the confusion.

Pachelbel’s Canon

Pachelbel’s Canon is the name commonly given to a canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo (German: Kanon und Gigue für 3 Violinen mit Generalbaß) sometimes referred to as Canon and Gigue in D or simply Canon in D. It is his most famous composition. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue. Both movements are in the key of D major.

Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919 the piece became extremely popular. The piece’s chordal progression has been appropriated in numerous commercial pop hits, particularly during the 1990s, such as in Pet Shop Boys cover of “Go West”, Coolio’s “C U When U Get There” and Green Day’s “Basket Case”.

This piece was composed by Johann Pachelbel(1653-1706)



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Slideshow and blog created by Ana Maria Verrusio


KeeJay Carla, sings in Italian

“Speak Softly Love”  sung in Italian by KeeJay, Carla

Carla sings in all styles, and sings in English, Spanish and Italian.  She does the One-Man Band/DJ combination seen here;  we call this “KeeJay.”  The KeeJay is a wonderful way to have a live musician perform at your event, while getting the financial benefit of  hiring only one entertainer.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)”

from the album The Godfather (soundtrack)

Released April 1972

Writer(s) Larry Kusik, Nino Rota

The famous theme, composed by Larry Kusic and Nino Rota.

“Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)” is a song written for The Godfather (1972), the first film in The Godfather trilogy. While its instrumental version is simply known as “The Godfather Love Theme”, “Speak Softly Love” is the vocal version. The words are by Larry Kusik but the music itself is by Nino Rota. The signature musical theme that opens the piece closely models a theme that appears early in “Preludio – Povero Ernesto!” in the opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). A similar melody also appears in the Overture to “La Forza del Destino” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). There are also different sets of lyrics for the song in Italian (“Parla Più Piano”), French (“Parle Plus Bas”) and also in Sicilian (“Brucia La Terra”). The Sicilian version is sung by Anthony Corleone (Franc D’Ambrosio) in The Godfather Part III.

Rota had used a more comedic version of the song for the 1958 film Fortunella. When this was discovered, Rota’s score for The Godfather was disqualified from consideration at the 1973 Academy Awards; it had been nominated for Best Original Score.  However, Rota’s score for The Godfather Part II won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Score, despite containing the same piece.

Jazz Duo at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey present: Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio in concert.

Jazz standard, ” But Not For Me.”

The pairing of Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio, brings the cool sophistication of Jazz Music to your parties. This live concert event was titled: ” Jazz Among the Flowers.”
Held during the peak iris blooming season, at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ.

When this video was recorded, the 17 year cicadas were in full swing. If you listen closely, you will hear their incessant drone in the background…they were everywhere and on everybody!

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“But Not for Me” is a popular song, composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

It was written for their musical Girl Crazy (1930) and introduced in the original production by Ginger Rogers. It is also in the 1992 musical based on Girl Crazy, Crazy for You. Judy Garland sang it in the 1943 film version of Girl Crazy.

Thumbnail Photo by Irene Jeruss

Reggae Group for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

I Shot the Sheriff, Reggae Steel

Imagine these guys playing at your party!

We love the sound of the steel drum at summer events. Reggae Steel is the perfect choice for the cocktail hour at summer events or for those times when you simply need to hear the ultra cool sounds of Jamaica at your party.

Those of you planning a beach or a summer wedding should consider having this group at your cocktail hour.

This group is available as a trio(like you see here) or as a duo(bassist and steel drummer). If you visit our Reggae Steel Playlist, you will be able to see the group both as a trio or duo.

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Steel Drum Trio, Reggae Steel performing Tico Tico

Tico, Tico performed by Reggae Steel

This steel drums group is extremely popular with our Summer brides. Couples having their wedding at the beach absolutely love this trio. They are also quite popular for summer picnics, graduations, christenings, etc. Whether you want them for a cocktail hour or as a musical backdrop for your entire event, this group has a very extensive song list.

Whatever you decide to celebrate, The Reggae Steel Trio will bring that Calypso feel to your event.

We taped this video-clip live at a bridal event at The Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey,

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Tico-Tico no Fubá
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tico-Tico no Fubá is the title of a renowned Brazilian choro music piece composed by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917.

The Girl From Ipanema, Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim

The Joe Verrusio Trio performing: The Girl from Ipanema

The Trio performs an elegant rendition of this Antonio Carlos Jobim classic…so go ahead, enjoy the music, and get your toes wet!

This trio is just the right addition to your party! We love them during cocktails, as an accompaniment to elegant dinner parties or just because. This group is one of our favorite small groups. They perform their elegant jazz music throughout the New York / New Jersey / Connecticut tri-state area.

The Joe Verrusio Trio features:

Upright Bass: Roy Cumming
Flute: Paul Grabow
Jazz Guitar: Joe Verrusio

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The Girl from Ipanema was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, 1927-1994.